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Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) was formed as part of the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in 1996 by Professor Willie Donnelly, Dr Micheal O’Foghlu and Eamon de Leaster, with Barry Downes creating the Innovation and Commercialisation division in 2006.

Prof. Donnelly was appointed President of WIT in 2015. TSSG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

TSSG is ranked as one of the Top 10 research organisations shaping ‘Future Internet’ research by the European Commission; TSSG as a research centre has punched above its weight to win major R&D funding and is spearheading Ireland's prowess in the areas of telecoms and internet of things (IoT) research.

TSSG beat competition from all over Europe to win a €6m EU public-private partnership (PPP) under Horizon 2020 to build 5G networks of the future. Core research focuses on telecommunications, social computing and data mining spheres including 3MT (Mobile, Messaging & Middleware).

Since start-up, TSSG has engaged with over 425 partners across 35 countries, generated >€85 million of national and European research funding and created partnerships with leading multinationals such as Cisco, Intel and IBM. TSSG now employs 120 full-time research staff. Over the past five years, TSSG has spun out 11 companies in the South East including FeedHenry, a mobile software company, which sold for €63.5m to multinational software firm Red Hat, and ZolkC, a leading provider of mobile technology for international visitor attractions.

TSSG/ArcLabs is the research & innovation centre at WIT and established business incubator units in Waterford and Kilkenny to help entrepreneurs convert concepts into commercial businesses. TSSG also partners with other leading academic institutions on collaborative research including Tyndall, (UCC) National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), DERI at NUIG Galway,    CONNECT at Trinity College Dublin, Fraunhofer FOKUS in Germany and many more.


TSSG/ARCLABS Research and Innovation Centre Kilkenny


In 2012 the TSSG/ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre was established at St. Kieran's College NUIM Campus Kilkenny in collaboration with    Kilkenny Local Authorities. ArcLabs Kilkenny acts as a hub for next generation internet development for companies in the finance, ICT and agribusiness sectors.

Since commencing operations, the centre has generated €2m of business and employs 20 highly skilled researchers. The three strands of activity at the centre are Research & Development, Entrepreneur support and Incubation. Two of the team leaders of TSSG’s primary research Units - Mobile Services and Security & Trust Research – are based in Kilkenny.

Entrepreneur support is provided via the New Frontiers programme, WIT and IT Carlow. The incubation centre has been successful in attracting a number of innovative start-ups and research expansions such as:


  • Keenan Systems - Manufacturers of high-performance feeder wagons for dairy and beef cows, Keenan has also developed a program of nutritional support for farmers “InTouch” that helps improve yield by up to 25 percent without extra feed. Using IoT technology to automate data sharing and enhance nutritional analysis makes it easier for farmers to adopt, while real-time capabilities ensure animals remain in optimum health. Partnering with major companies such as Vodafone and recently announced Intel we are delivering smarter agriculture. We manufacture all machinery in Borris and export over 90% of our Business to overseas Markets including France, Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa, Canada, China, Japan and other Asian markets.


  • Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (CKEA) relocated to the campus research and innovation space to be within in close proximity to three third level institutes that operate satellite campus facilities within the College, the Institute of Technology Carlow, NUI Maynooth and  WIT’s TSSG. The company is also developing linkages with the Department of Built Heritage in WIT.[kk1] 


  • Pin Point Alerts Ltd: SME founded in 2010 that specialises in government alert solutions with a strong emphasis on geo-location. The company’s core MapAlerter technology ( allows State, County and Local government agencies to contact their customers by SMS, Email, App and Landline channels in a timely manner, particularly for emergency events. The innovative technology has been presented to the United Nations and was recently deployed for the Swiss market. It has won countless national and international IT awards. The company is looking to engage with pilot government agencies in the USA market as a next-generation corporate communications solution. The company has over 180 clients across government, community, non-profit and private sector markets. 


  • MyBio - partners with major leading manufacturers of Life Science Research products to deliver superior application support into the Irish market. MyBio won the Overall Title at the 18th Annual National Enterprise Awards in 2015.  Since it was established in 2009, MyBio has developed into the country’s most proactive supplier of research products, technologies and knowledge to the Scientific Research Industry. The company is now the exclusive supplier of many of the world’s leading bio-science reagents to the Irish market.  MyBio clients are Life Scientists based in laboratories across various sectors including Academia, Government, Biotech, Diagnostics, Forensics and Pharmaceutical companies.


  • Marian Flannery, PM (Project Management) Consultant specialises in project evaluation, development and marketing, in both the public and private sectors. Projects  span  a broad range  of sectors  - areas of expertise include food product  R&D,  food  production,  food  marketing,  marine infrastructure,  rural development, tourism,  agri-business, retail development & construction and as well as festivals and events.  


  • Iresource Education and Training moved to Burrell Hall in 2014 as the company grew to 3 staff working on IT and Employability training programmes throughout the South East. . With the growth and the help of WIT we have developed a piece of software that manages students and their progression through Quality Assured programmes. The software has been accepted to the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers high potential startup programme and this partnership with Carlow IT will hopefully lead to new positions at Iresource in 2016. 


The TSSG recently established an office in partnership with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in San Jose, California providing a technology gateway between the South East region and Silicon Valley and provides opportunities for mobile investment to locate in Kilkenny.


CONTACT TSSG: Contact the team at TSSG on +353 (0) 51 302920